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08 Mar 2018

Andy Woll: Western Wear

Denny Gallery

Reviewed by Suzanne Unrein

Andy Woll's "Western Wear" at Denny Gallery is an orgy of muscular, slippery paint. The eight works on canvas and paper, inspired by Mount Wilson and the Santa Ana winds in Los Angeles, are motifs for Woll's robust dance of color, movement, and form.

In Mt. Wilson (Santa Ana II) (2017) a thin, rusted red pigment slides over a light bluish gray ground, suggesting a hint of smog. The peak is choreographed with thick, drizzly pinks, magentas, and yellows amid a fluid structure of browns and blacks.

The large abstraction, Santa Ana (2017), is a effusive, confident work, the paint let loose from a binding structure. Wind is made visual. Brushed on and scraped off, pigments slink, slide, crash, and mingle. Juicy reds and oranges counterpoint rich, brilliant blues. Bursts of yellow peek out of green mush. The undulating grays hold the piece together with a rhythmic freedom. The exhibit is a refreshing, dynamic rhapsody of intuition.

Exhibition Andy Woll: Western Wear link
Start date 15 Feb 2018
End date 25 Mar 2018
Presenter Denny Gallery link
Venue 261 Broome Street, New York City, NY, USA map
Image Andy Woll, Santa Ana, 2017, oil on canvas, 78 x 54 inches

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